Essential oils are the finest gift of nature, and we all love them. The aromatic stuff is known for its healing properties, and some people like to enjoy its relaxing properties. But, essential oils can do a lot more than just soothe your senses.
Reflexologists swear on their ability to give you a good night’s dream. Apply the oil on your feet before bedtime, and you’ll sleep like a baby! Your soles have 5 skin layers, and practically no hair follicles.
This means that the pores are super absorbent, and the oils can easily enter your bloodstream. Studies confirm that when applied onto the foot, traces of the essential oil can be found in the bloodstream within 20 minutes. Can you believe this?
This comes as a result of the fact that your palms and soles are the only parts of the body without any sebaceous glands. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum. It has the only role to protect and weaken the skin’s ability to absorb foreign substances.
Given that your soles and palms have no sebaceous glands, it’s super easy to apply the oil on these particular areas. Your feet have over 72,000 nerve endings each, and no other body part has this many nerves. That’s why the East Asian medicine stimulates certain points on the foot to treat diseases.
It’s a traditional medicine based on the principle of meridians. Experts believe that your organs are linked with certain points on your feet, hands, ears and face through meridians of energy. That’s what reflexology is all about.
The treatment involves application of essential oils on the feet. This helps the body use the best of the oils. Some essential oils are too concentrated, and you can’t apply them directly on your skin. Use carrier oils like coconut oil or water to reduce the risk of swelling and irritations.
The skin on your feet is not as sensitive as the skin on the rest of your body, so you can use any oil there. Topical application of essential oils eases the pathway of active compounds in the bloodstream. In this way you won’t burden the digestive system by digesting them.